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THE GHOST MOON ORCHESTRA
THE GHOST MOON ORCHESTRA
Price: £13.15

5.0 out of 5 stars great discovery, 12 April 2015
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I only discovered the band a few weeks ago and am already catching up on their albums and finding out what I have been missing. There are influences from a number of areas, including The Floyd but the end product is still individual. Great vocals from the female lead, and some fantasic guitar work that balances them out perfectly. It is a very accomplished rock album from a very talented band.


The Lady from Zagreb (Bernie Gunther Mystery 10)
The Lady from Zagreb (Bernie Gunther Mystery 10)
by Philip Kerr
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.91

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5.0 out of 5 stars Film Stars and murders, 12 April 2015
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Not only is this the tenth book in an exceptional series, the good news is that Bernie will return some time in 2016.

This is mainly set in 1942 and Bernie is still mixing with the sort of people he would rather not in Nazi Germany. Coerced into speaking about one of his past cases at a conference he soon finds he has a murder to solve before he is whisked away by Goebbels to undertake a task that will help him convince a famous film star to be in a propoganda film. Of course Bernie falls in love (in a world turned dark, Bernie is aways turned towards the underdog or those with normal human emotions) and accepts some tasks that he knows will not end well. We do get a view of the horror of Yugoslavia and then we peer beneath the cracks of a neutral Switzerland. And Bernie comes up against killings and plots and may need all of his wits to get out of some deep trouble.

Author Kerr has a real skill in exposing aspects of WW2, the culture and attitudes and to give it a really menacing atmosphere in which our hero is trying to survive. Bernie continues to tilt at Nazi windmills with his wise-cracks and attitude and remains a joy to read.

The books can be read in isolation but they are also a little like a jigsaw by which we are connecting the dots of Bernie's life and timeline.
Highly recommended both as a book and a series.


Beatles Coaster, Yellow Submarine
Beatles Coaster, Yellow Submarine
Offered by MugBug
Price: £2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Bright and cheerful, 7 April 2015
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Nice coaster from Yelow Submarine. Does the job well.


Viking Bay (Agent Kay Hamilton Novel)
Viking Bay (Agent Kay Hamilton Novel)
by Mike Lawson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.42

4.0 out of 5 stars Strong female actioner, 7 April 2015
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I do enjoy the author’s books, especially the Joe DeMarco series, but this is the second Kay Hamilton novel. Whereas DeMarco is no action hero, Hamilton definitely gets stuck in. In the first book she was a DEA agent but her off-piste actions meant she was fired. In Viking Bay a mysterious black ops organisation gives her a job, but when a job she is on goes bad she decides that “need to know” is a principle she is going to follow. Hamilton is a strong female character and a good one, but writing good characters is something the author is very good at.


The Devil's Detective
The Devil's Detective
by Simon Kurt Unsworth
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.39

4.0 out of 5 stars Bleak but very clever, 7 April 2015
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This is even bleaker than you might expect. Fool is one of Hell’s “information Men”, kind of detectives in a place where death, horror and abuse are the norm. But, while escorting a couple of visiting Angels, Fool also is asked to actually investigate something – humans are being slaughtered and emptied of their souls. And how do you investigate a murder in Hell?

Bleak indeed, but very clever. The world building of Hell is very clever and well thought through and there are some very interesting views on hope and survival in a place that should have none. Once I got into the unusual environment I started to enjoy this more and more, it felt very different. I ended up hoping this was a one off and there will be no sequel as I thought the ending was just perfect.


House Reckoning (Joe DeMarco Thrillers (Hardcover))
House Reckoning (Joe DeMarco Thrillers (Hardcover))
by Mike Lawson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.09

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great author, great character, 7 April 2015
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I am a big fan of Mr Lawson’s books, he is a much under-rated author whose work deserves a wider audience. His “House” books are political thrillers featuring Joe DeMarco as his lead character, a kind of fixer for a senior US politician who kind of muddles through with the help of friends who are a bit more clued up than he is. The books are clever, full of strong and witty characters and the stories are full of pace.

This is quite a short book, the first third gives us background to DeMarco’s father, a mafia hitman and his murder. We then move forward to Joe finding out who killed him and wanting to take him down. Lots of politics and twists in yet another excellent thriller. Recommended, as is the entire series.


Copperhead Volume 1: A New Sheriff in Town
Copperhead Volume 1: A New Sheriff in Town
by Jay Faerber
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.25

5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, 31 Mar. 2015
I very much enjoyed this, a blend of Sci-Fi, western and murder mystery.

Ballsy single Mum, with son in tow, takes up new role as Sheriff in isolated town, There is some back history to the world we are presented with, a recent war, badlands full of feral aliens and Copperhead itself is an eclectic mix of human and alien. Nice having a strong female lead.

It is nicely drawn with interesting ideas and characters along with a vein of humour and all comes together very well indeed. I was lucky enough to get a copy of this from NetGalley and the moment I finished the first one, I was straight back on line chasing down the second.

This does exactly what you hope it will and it does it very well indeed.


Impulse: The Lightship Chronicles (Lightship Chronicles 1)
Impulse: The Lightship Chronicles (Lightship Chronicles 1)
by Dave Bara
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good debut, 29 Mar. 2015
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Space Navy action with a few other things chuckd in. Our hero here is Royalty also serving in the Space Navy who gets pointed to another critical mission when a ship is atttacked.
The scenario we are presented with is a loose alliance of worlds using technology that has been provided by Earth mentors ("Historians") but without full disclosure of their full workings and capability. There is talk of historic conflict between races, of a view between church and science and so on. And the workings of the technology is slightly confusing to us readers, we just have to get on with it. And the author chucks in some relationship stuff as well, which I think wasn't needed to be honest.
But, in fairness, the author avoids some of th eobvious pitfalls and can write pretty well. Not much gets resolved in this, it is very much the first in a series and I think with this first book behind him the author and this series can only get better.


LCD Alarm Clock / Calendar / Thermometer / Humidity Meter
LCD Alarm Clock / Calendar / Thermometer / Humidity Meter
Offered by BuyOnline Cart
Price: £3.15

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic value and does the job brilliantly, 25 Mar. 2015
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I have seen a mix of reviews on this one but I am very impressed.

Our office is either too hot or too cold and I wanted something to provide factual evidence to my complaints and I went for this. It was almost too cheap to be true, including delivery, but on receipt we got it going (some slightly difficult English on the instructions) and for a week now it has been fantastic in tracking the temperature in here. Utterly fantastic value.
Since you ask, it is currently telling me it is 2:38pm, 24.2 degrees and the humidity is 20%


Alien - Sea of Sorrows (Book 2) (Alien Trilogy 2)
Alien - Sea of Sorrows (Book 2) (Alien Trilogy 2)
by James A. Moore
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Aliens novel, 18 Mar. 2015
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Following on from Tim Lebbon’s first instalment in this ‘official’ trilogy we now have the second. It is not a direct follow on as it moves the action forward a few centuries. LV178 is now terra-formed but there is a bit of the planet that has an area with strange deposits that are confusing the terra-formers. Decker has been brought in to troubleshoot and it turns out he is an empath and descended from Ripley herself.

After an accident and recovery on Earth, the Corporation discover Decker may be able to ‘sense’ aliens and in their quest to capture one, he is forced back with a bunch of mercenaries. At that point the book becomes very much like the second film, which is not a bad thing but does follow a well-trod path.

But Decker is fleshed out quite well and the empath bit is used well, the aliens are what you would expect (and you get the occasional perspective from them) and the action is what you would hope and expect.

Very enjoyable and any fan of the series should welcome this.


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